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ERIC Number: EJ974315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1360-144X
The Impossibilities of Neutrality: Other Geopolitical Metaphors for Academic Development Units
Holmes, Trevor; Manathunga, Catherine; Potter, Michael K.; Wuetherick, Brad
International Journal for Academic Development, v17 n3 p197-202 2012
This paper responds to the occasionally stated imperative in some contexts to be neutral as part of being an academic development unit (ADU). For over a decade at separate professional meetings of developers, two of the authors have heard the refrain that they need to be--or at least be perceived to be--"the Switzerland" of their campuses. Anecdotally, this squares with some of the conversations had by colleagues in the UK and North America, though the experience seems less relevant to peers in Australasian contexts. The neutrality referred to in this manner involves impartiality, non-partisanship, and confidentiality, which are important in certain aspects of academic development work. From historical and political science perspectives, the authors examine "middle powers" as one possibility; from anthropology and cultural studies, they build on prior work on tribes, territories, trading zones, and contact zones to think about their place in relation to their own "Others."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North America; Switzerland; United Kingdom